Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my poor neglected blog. Life has thrown me some crazy curve balls lately but that’s okay! I’m still here and kicking. I’ll get through it all. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on self-publishing. I’m learning a lot. One of the things I’ve learned is to not spread yourself too thin when it comes to social media posts. And so I’ve decided to put the blog on official hiatus and focus all my social interaction on Facebook and Instagram. I’m also in the process of building my newsletter list and respond to all emails from readers. If you want to interact with me directly, signing up for my newsletter is the absolute best way. Of course, I’ll continue to post updates here of upcoming releases and other book news. But you’ll see it first if you’re a subscriber to my VIP Reader’s list. 😉
Hi all! I’m participating in a Facebook hop this weekend. You have a chance to win lots and lots of books plus gift cards! I hope you’ll check it out! Start at my Facebook page by clicking here and then hop to the other pages to gain more entries into the giveaway! I’ll be giving away a digital copy of TEMPTING EDEN, book 1 in the Guardians of Atlantis series. See you there!
Today I welcome anothe inkwell guest, Mona Karel. She’s here to talk about social media, the IRS and Social Security. Heavy stuff! 🙂 Stick around for the end of the post where she has an excerpt of her latest. Take it away, Mona! Has This Facebook Thing Gone Too Far? In my non writing work life, I’m admin and bookkeeper for a small innovative solar related firm. Which means I do the non techie stuff–trust me what I understand about solar trackers was learned on the job, and resides in that small fuzzy space in my brain not reserved for writing or dogs. VERY small fuzzy space. Even so, when I’m working, I’m working. That’s my personal contract concerning any job. So when I am sitting in my chair at PSTC, I’m concentrating on purchasing, bill paying, payroll and filing (the last only under duress, when I can no longer find anything.) Part of payroll includes filing state and federal taxes and reports. Lots of reports. At the end of the year, those W-2 forms everyone receives come from a bookkeeper or payroll admin filling out the little blocks, and the W-2s have to go to IRS along with the W-3 overall report. Goody, more paperwork to keep us all busy. Fortunately there is SBO-that’s Small Business something with an “O” that allows us to file that paperwork on line, a blessing for part time bookkeepers who can get overwhelmed with deadlines. So, here I was at the end of January,…
If you missed Nathan Bransford’s blog yesterday, you should go over and take a read. It’s good stuff as he talks about the Ten Commandments For the Happy Writer. And here’s a quote from the above mentioned blog post: You don’t have to quit your job to write. There is time in the day. You may have to sacrifice your relaxation time or sleep time or reality television habit, but there is time. You just have to do it. I couldn’t agree more! Anyway… It’s Friday! I love my Fridays. It’s the best day of the week. With all the controversy of Facebook (I had my say, too), I thought I should post a little something that sheds some positive light on the social network. I know some of you won’t go there, and I totally respect that. But for me, it’s been a really fantastic connecting experience. Long ago, when I first starting writing there was The Writing Life, a message board on iVillage. I met several people through this forum that have since become long-time friends (Leigh and Devon, for example). At the time, I was a very green writer, starting my first novel. It was a magical fantasy and I hadn’t a clue as to what I was doing. This was all before I joined Romance Writers of America, before MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. When the Internet was barely ten years old. The moderator of the board was a really awesome lady with whom I became friends….
There’s more Facebook hoopla, wouldn’t you know it? In fact, there’s a really good article here called Didn’t You Know? Facebook Is Forever, if you’re so inclined. If you’re not, let me sum up. Basically, this author warns against the hazards of Facebook and that our privacy is no longer ours. And really, he has a point. Let’s say Nancy in Accounting posts pictures of you and some co-workers at happy hour at Joe’s Bar & Grill. The next morning, John, another co-worker – who wasn’t invited – says they saw you were at Joe’s last night. Creepy, huh? But let’s take it one step further. What if John, who wasn’t invited, gets jealous? And what if he starts scouring the internet for everything about you? And let’s just say, hypothetically, that John knows you have a website and a blog. And then John starts reading all your stuff and going through your archives because he’s ticked off he didn’t get invited to happy hour at Joe’s. And then John sees something on your blog that he thinks is about someone in the same office so he prints it and holds on to it for that perfect moment when he can blackmail you or drag your name through the mud because he has this sick fascination with you and your friends. I guess John has nothing better to do with his time but look for and cause trouble. (And in that case, Trouble will come back to haunt John.) Scary….